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Zambales Tourism Project

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Swiss Global Connect USA began the first phase of its multi-billion-peso project in Zambales province. The company has committed to invest US$50 billion for infrastructure projects, property development, tourism, mining and an agricultural research centre in the area, according to Zambales Governor Amor Deloso.  Swiss Global will implement the project under the government’s build, operate and transfer and build, operate and own programmes. 

Survivor at Caramoan

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Caramoan Island in Camarines Sur province has been chosen once again as the location of an edition of the hit reality game show Survivor.  Survivor shot the two international versions of the show on the island in the past.  This time, Survivor Israel is filming another edition of Hisardot (Survivor) at the Gota Village Resort in Caramoan. The show is to be telecast in Israel until June 2010, according to a report by People's Tonight.

CamSur is the fastest growing spot

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Visitors in Camarines Sur or CamSur surged by 117.2 percent to 1.57 million in 2009, led by the promotion of the province as an adventure destination.  International and local events such as the First Aqua Fest Celebrity Challenge, Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, International Dragon Boat Competition and Bagasbas Summer Surf, boosted domestic visitors to CamSur by 140 percent to 1.3 million.

New tourist destination rising

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A new tourist destination is rising in Romblon province, complete with an international airport that could transform the island into the next Boracay.  This early, foreign and local investors are coming in to buy beachfront properties on Carabao Island in San Jose, Romblon, according to its mayor.

Taal volcano as tourist destination

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A lake within a lakeA recent visit to Batangas province has been a rewarding experience for our small group of trekkers looking for a unique weekend just outside Metro Manila.  The Philippine Insurers and Reinsurers Association (PIRA) made the trip possible.

The group headed south, about 80 kilometers from Manila, via the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) Tollway until we reached the idyllic lakeshore town of Talisay, where flowers bloom all around.

Greatest Travel Destinations: Banaue

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Rice Terraces in the PhilippinesBanaue Rice Terraces, which has been recently named as one of the 50 greatest travel destinations in the world, has gained another distinction on the pages of TNT, one of the top travel magazines in the United Kingdom. The premier travel and lifestyle magazine came out with a four-page, full-color article, and a front-page mention of the rice terraces.

Prior to this, the National Geographic Traveler magazine, in its October 2009 anniversary edition, included the Rice Terraces of the Cordillera in the 50 places of a lifetime, highlighting the world's greatest travel destinations.  The National Geographic described the rice terraces as "masterpieces of agrarian art."

Top Tourist Destinations in the Philippines

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The number of foreign tourists who visited the Philippines' top 16 regional destinations outside Metro Manila rose 6.4 percent year-on-year in the first six months of 2009, according to the Department of Tourism or DOT.

"Foreign arrivals in key destinations increased 6 percent in the first half of the year despite a decrease of 6 percent in inbound visitors into East Asia and the Pacific," Tourism Secretary Ace Durano said in his semestral report.

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River in New 7 Wonders of Nature

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New 7 Wonders of NaturePuerto Princesa Subterranean River in Palawan has successfully landed on the top 77 nominees on the New 7 Wonders of Nature (N7WN) international poll. Organizers of the N7WN reported that the top 77 were chosen out of the 261 contenders, after the second phase of the worldwide voting ended in July 7, 2009.

"The success of this campaign wouldn't have been possible without the Filipinos' worldwide support.  We are grateful to the people who voted and heeded our call to promote one of our national treasures," said Tourism Secretary Ace Durano.

According to the N7WN report, from the top 77 nominees, only 28 Official Finalists will be chosen by the N7WN's Panel of Experts.  The announcement of the 28 selected finalists will be made in Zurich at the New7Wonders Foundation headquarters on July 21, 2009 at 12.07 GMT.

Victoria, Laguna - the Duck Capital

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Unknown to many, Pateros sources most of its eggs that eventually become balut from an enterprising poultry farm in this lakeside town, which built a monument in honor of the egg-hatching itik or Philippine mallard.

The town of Victoria, which borders Laguna Lake, is known for the Itik (Anas plathrhynchos Linn) Festival, held every second week of November. Nowhere else is the P5.5-billion duck industry more vibrant than in this municipality of 30,000.

Manila Tourist District

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Manila Tourist District

Manila, which was named after a white-flowered mangrove plant called nilad, was a tiny Malay settlement along the Pasig River ruled by Rajah Sulayman in the 16th century. The Spanish colonizers moved the capital of the Philippines from Cebu to Manila in 1571. They built the walled city of Intramuros, which for the next 300 years, was to become the nerve center of the Spanish rule.